47% and the media
September 18, 2012 6 Comments
To those of us who hang out in the liberal blogosphere, there isn’t anything all that surprising about Romney’s comments. This 47% ridiculousness has been making its way all around the right-wing and Fox News types– and being appropriately debunked by liberal bloggers and thinktanks– for quite a while now. Now, however, thanks to Romney, the 47% trope has gone into wide release. And the good news is that it means not just Ezra Klein and Kevin Drum, etc., but CNN, NPR, the Post and Times News pages, etc., are now debunking it. Of course, it’s obvious this debunking won’t affect the hard-core true believers. But there’s plenty of non true believers who’ve had some vague sense of this 47% idea, but now presumably (hopefully) know better. That’s a good thing. In a perfect world, it would also mean people might be a little more skeptical or think a little harder next time they hear a statistic like this from Republicans. Not that I’m holding my breath.